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HCL and Cloudify to offer network slicing

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HCL Technologies has partnered with Cloudify to launch a network function virtualisation (NFV) orchestrated offering that brings network slicing to mobile operators.

HCL’s Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) team is using Cloudify’s platform and capabilities for a new solution that enables telecoms companies to create dedicated, reliable software-defined network (SDN) connections.

Network slicing is seen as a key technology in 5G deployments, allowing telcos to offer differentiated services tailored to specific customers and use-cases without the need for additional spectrum. It could also help operators unlock more potential from its existing 4G networks.

Cloudify provides universal edge orchestration to enable service providers and enterprises to automate, manage and virtually transform network and application services from their core location to branches and multi-access edge devices.

“Like every industry, telecoms providers have faced a growing need to digitally transform in recent years, to keep up with the demands of the market. As a result, telecoms providers are undergoing a transition from physical to virtual infrastructure, and a shift to cloud-native network functions. Tying all these new and existing technologies together is creating a complex challenge,” said Nati Shalom, CTO at Cloudify.

“At the same time, the demand for faster connections and better customer experience has made investment in 5G and SDN crucial priorities for telecoms providers. HCL’s powerful network slicing solution, built on our open technology, provides telecoms providers with a unique opportunity to simplify the challenge significantly, while unlocking valuable new revenue streams.”

HCL, which is a technology company supporting digital transformation in global enterprises, operates out of 43 countries. It said the new slicing capabilities will be particularly important for the emerging use cases around the Internet of Things (IoT),

“Our new network slicing solution will help telecoms to capitalize on their investments in next-generation network technologies to greater effect than ever before. The ability for telecoms providers to diversify their services and provide guaranteed connections for MVNOs and important business functions, such as IoT, is crucial as traditional communications services become increasingly commoditized,” said Sukamal Banerjee, corporate VP – ERS Sales (Hi Tech & Comm) and Head – IoT WoRKS, HCL Technologies.

“This combined service offering is a great example of how HCL’s ERS team partners with market-leading technology providers across the entire telecoms ecosystem to bring all the pieces of an increasingly complex puzzle together and position our customers on a fast track to success.”

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